Stuffed Lauki - Bottle Gourd

1 medium lauki (Bottle gourd)

50 ml lemon juice
1/2 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp garam masala

2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 diced onion
150 gm diced tomatoes
3 chopped green chillies
1 tsp ginger paste
2 tsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp chopped coriander
200 gm grated paneer
salt and pepper to taste

Blanch the lauki in boiling water. 
Peel, deseed and split horizontally

Pour the marinade over the lauki and set aside for an hour

Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds followed by the remaining ingredients for the filling. 
Stir-fry for 5 minutes.

Set the filling inside the lauki and secure with string.

Wrap in a foil and bake in a very hot oven for 15-20 minutes.

Serve hot with mint/coriander chutney.

Chef Roopa Gulati